Multcolib Picks: While you wait for...Alice Munro
Annotation:From a chance encounter between two childhood friends to the memories of a newly widowed man to a family grappling with the sale of their ancestral land, Trevor examines with grace and skill the tenuous bonds of our relationships, the strengths that hold us together, and the truths that threaten to separate us.
Annotation:Spans twenty-five years of the author's writing career with both earlier works and original stories that explore betrayal, madness, and other reaches of human experience, in tales including "Intimacy" and "Boxes."
Annotation:A series of interconnected stories that trace the course of a life and also the lives intertwined with it--those of parents, of siblings, of children, of friends, of enemies, of teachers, and even of animals.
Annotation:Subtle, wry, and unnerving, Beattie is a master observer of the unraveling of the American family, and also of the myriad small occurrences and affinities that unite us.
Annotation:A collection of stories includes the tales of a student who is entangled in her professor's shadowy past, a dinner party that marks the end of multiple marriages, and a matchmaker who is hired to find a partner for her soulmate.
Annotation:Eight short stories with subjects ranging from a dejected teenager who discovers that the universe is communicating with him through talismanic objects left behind in a seagull's nest to two vampires in a sun-drenched lemon grove who try helplessly to slake their thirst for blood.
Annotation:In this collection of short stories, Rash turns to Appalachia to capture lives haunted by violence and tenderness, hope and fear, in stories that span from the Civil War to present day.
Annotation:In this podcast, Lauren Groff reads Alice Munro’s “Axis,” and discusses it with The New Yorker’s fiction editor, Deborah Treisman.
Annotation:Throughout this compelling collection, Alice Munro's understanding of the people about whom she writes makes them as vivid as our own neighbors.
Annotation:Nine stories draw us immediately into that special place known as Alice Munro territory-a place where an unexpected twist of events or a suddenly recaptured memory can illumine the arc of an entire life.
Annotation:A portrayal of a young girl's youth in a Canadian town and her awakening to womanhood in the 1940s follows Del Jordan as she explores the dark and bright sides of womanhood and records the frustrations, joys, triumphs, and trials of small-town life.
Annotation:...the true events in The Moons Of Jupiter are the ways in which the characters are transformed over time, coming to view their past selves with an anger, regret, and infinite compassion that communicate themselves to us with electrifying force.
Annotation:This collection of stories illuminates moments that shape a life, from a dream or a sexual act to simple twists of fate that turn a person out of his or her accustomed path and into another way of being.
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Alice Munro is a master of the short story. This Nobel prize-winning author has an astonishing ability to create nuanced characters and stories that go to the heart of the complicated relations between people. Though Munro's writing style is unique, here are some equally talented writers who elevate the short story to a fine art.